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Happy Friday, everybody! We have a few recommendations of what to do around the Bay Area this weekend.

When you drive along the new eastern span of the bridge, you get a great view of crews dismantling the old eastern span. It’s not an easy thing to do -- crews have to proceed carefully to avoid what the Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Projects website calls a “dangerous spring action effect.”

So, they’ve got a lot on their minds. And then, there’s the cormorants.

 

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, curated by KALW news:

Judy Silber

If you remember the early 1970s, you remember the long gas lines during the Middle East oil embargo. The crisis was a sharp reminder of U.S. dependency on foreign oil. Soon after, the government began investing in alternative energy.

California entrepreneurs saw potential in the gusty winds that blew out at the Altamont Pass, between the Central Valley and Bay Area. By the mid-’80s, the Altamont was the country’s biggest wind farm. To many, the turbines were more than a new technology. They were symbols of hope, a sign of progress and a world that no longer relied on fossil fuels.

Elizabeth Young

So what? I’m a little obsessed with pigeons. I’m not sure when it started exactly, but at some point I realized I couldn’t keep my eyes off of them.

I take photos of them whenever I get the chance: making patterns in the sky as they play in the wind; huddling on telephone lines; bathing in the dirty water that pools on the side of the road. I think it’s fascinating to see how they survive alongside us, in all of our filthy urban glory.

On the next Your Call, we’ll speak with Jon Young, author of What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World.  Understanding bird language, says Young, leads us toward a deeper connection to animals…and to ourselves. What can we learn from paying closer attention to what other species are up to?  Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here.  How does bird-watching connect us to our surroundings?  And why does it matter?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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